OrderPaperToday– Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said the state government has provided the sum of N75 million as counterpart funding for the World Bank’s girl-child education project.

Represented by Deputy Governor Ahmed Aliyu, Tambuwal said that the state government would provide N50 million annually to support other components of the project; which will benefit five states in Northern Nigeria.

Speaking at the formal flag off of the project in Sokoto today, the Governor said the project would also be used to fully integrate the Quranic schools into the formal education system.

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According to him, the state government earlier in the administration, declared a state of emergency in the education sector due to the obnoxious state it had been in; adding that the issues of Teacher training and retraining, teacher-welfare and the schools’ feeding programme are among the top provisions under the state of emergency.

At the ceremony, it was revealed that the Federal Government and the World Bank have earmarked over $100 million for girl-child education in Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Kaduna States.

A senior official of the bank Dr. Tunji Adekola said the initiative will be implemented under the Nigeria Partnership For Education Project and that the four-year project is aimed at improving access and quality of basic education, especially for the girl-children in the states.

”The project is also aimed at improving equity in education, as well as ensuring uniformity in access for all.  This is to bring back the out- of- school children to schools thereby improving gender parity between boys and girls,” he said.

In an additional initiative to boost education, the Sokoto State government promised that it will ensure access to quality education for a total of 1.7m primary school and out of school children under the new Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI+) policy.
To be funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the policy will reach 1.6million primary school children in grades One to Three, along with 500,000 out of school children and youths attending 11,000 non-formal learning centres.

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